Whether it is the weather tricking the plants into flowering after a dormant period due to heat and drought, or whether it is simply because here in my new garden new plants are enjoying sheltered and frost free conditions...I have been able to collect a few flowers this morning for our IAVOM.
With the sun shining this morning, the Winter Flowering Jasmine nudifolium on the shady side of the fence is a bright accent which is repeated further down the garden by the still flowering nasturtiums. In China where is originates Jasmine nudifolium's Chinese name means Flower that Welcomes the Spring.
The white starry flower with small yellow centres is Potato Vine Solanum laxum 'Album'. I picked up a small plant last year at Morrisons, and planted it out this spring after some tlc. Its doing nicely, and is part of my creating some shade plan.
The blue is from a little low growing campanula which my neighbour gave me.
The bronze fennel after a close cropping is flowering on low stems...it may not last the day and end up chopped up on my lunchtime salad!
Fuchsia Hawkshead is proving a good addition to the border, and is teeming very nicely with some 'supermarket cyclamen', a present from a lunch guests. These are the larger indistinct blob at the back, the leaf is however from one of my species cyclamen.
I love cyclamen, and on holiday in the various Mediterranean Islands and also in Italy, I enjoy looking out for them on my walks. Recently in a garden I found some seeds beneath a well patterned plant, and guess what? They are now sprouting in a little pot of compost.
Some people love cyclamen, others dislike them. How do you feel about them?